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#1 Posted on 9.3.04 1516.35
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If the leafs are trying to win a "legends" of hockey stanley cup, they are a shoe in now! The average age of the team went up last week with the trade for Brian Leetch. Now the buds have gone out and aquired 40something Ron Francis.

Francis adds some "vetran game" to a team that has more vetrans than a Columbus, Ohio street corner.

Remeber last year, Doug Gilmour's first shift resulted in a broken hip.

The leafs also got Calle Johannson, another 40ish Defensman who hasn't played an NHL game in quite some time.


Good luck leafs. If you dont win the cup this year, you have NO CHOICE but to rebuild. Half of your roster is retiring.




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#2 Posted on 9.3.04 1521.57
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Ron Francis is one of the league's top scorer's of all time...4th I believe...with over 21 years consecutively with 50 points or more...and that's including playing with the crap that is Carolina...and he's still got enough in him for a couple of years as far as I'm concerned...his hockey knowledge and playoff experience alone is worth the cash!!

Go Leafs Go!!

Cheers,

Erin
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#3 Posted on 9.3.04 1533.24
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    Originally posted by Ta2grrl
    Ron Francis is one of the league's top scorer's of all time...4th I believe...with over 21 years consecutively with 50 points or more...and that's including playing with the crap that is Carolina...and he's still got enough in him for a couple of years as far as I'm concerned...his hockey knowledge and playoff experience alone is worth the cash!!

    Go Leafs Go!!

    Cheers,

    Erin


For a short run to the playoffs, that's a nice little pickup for the Power Play in addition to Leech.

Francis doesn't have to play 20 minutes with this team as deep as it is at the moment. He can work with the #3 or #4 line and be another gun on special teams (the latter particularly, as he's always been good at it).

I'm cautiously optimistic right now...I'm afraid to go overboard yet.
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#4 Posted on 9.3.04 1639.01
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If you have no respect for Ron Francis, then there's something wrong with you.

Fourth all-time leading scorer
Second all-time in assists
546 career goals
Two-time Stanley Cup Winner
Scored Cup-winning goal in '92
Two-time Lady Byng Trophy winner
1995 Selke Trophy winner
2002 King Clancy Trophy winner

"40something veteran?" Still getting it done, my man. Fourth-overall pick in the *1981* draft.

The most underrated player in the history of the NHL, arguably in all of professional sports.

Here's the problem...

He's now on the fucking Leafs! What am I supposed to do now? Toronto? Of all possible contenders #10 could have been traded to...the fucking Leafs.

How do I continue to be a Senators fan? Anyone? I CAN'T become a Leafs fan...



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#5 Posted on 9.3.04 1646.54
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Ottawa made probably the best deal of the deadline getting Greg De Vries. Peter Bondra is red hot for them since coming over too. Not only did they add another top line scorer but a 1-4 Defenceman who AREN'T Rent-A-Players.

Ottawa will make it further in the Playoffs then the Leafs, I'd bet the farm on it.
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#6 Posted on 9.3.04 1713.21
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    Originally posted by Bullitt
    How do I continue to be a Senators fan? Anyone? I CAN'T become a Leafs fan...






Join the dark side, my Calgary brother. Be a Leaf fan.
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Even if they don't win the cup, I would love to have a team picture of the TML as the team stands now. Ron Francis in a Leaf uniform is enough to make the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

Another reason I'm happy with the Leafs' makeup right now is that they, and probably Detroit, are the only teams with an average age older than me. I need these guys around to make me feel young.
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#7 Posted on 9.3.04 1717.08
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    Originally posted by The Goon
    Join the dark side.


My brother-in-law said the EXACT same thing!

If nothing else, this should get Francis some much-deserved publicity here at the end of his career. That will make me happy.
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#8 Posted on 9.3.04 2237.09
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As a LONGTIME fan of the Hartford Whalers, my allegiance is frightfully close to being switched to the Toronto Maple Leafs because:

1 - Ron Francis is there.

2 - Management pissed me off by trading Francis for NEXT TO NOTHING.

It's not easy cheering for a team that's always rebuilding...especially when it's not so much rebuilding as blatantly stripping the team.
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